Thursday, August 17, 2017

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Burger

Spicy Chicken Buffalo Chicken Burger recipe is the fusion of hot buffalo wings and a burger.  It is truly the best of both worlds.  A moist and flavorful chicken burger with enough kick to make your taste buds stand at attention.  It is served on a soft pretzel roll with creamy blue cheese crumbles. It is a fave and you are going to love it too.

I created this burger for Chad, my awesome husband.  His love of way too spicy hot sauce and buffalo wings coated in said hot sauce was the inspiration for this burger. 

Right away I knew that the burger needed to be on a pretzel bun; this recipe linked to is a fabulous definition of what a pretzel bun should taste like.  It is firm and pretzely on the outside and soft and pillowy on the inside.  What a magical combination!

Now I can't speak much of buffalo wings as they are on my list of things I don't eat.  Maybe my mom dropped me on my head when I was a baby or perhaps I am just weird.  Who knows, but I am going with the latter. 

This Buffalo Chicken Burger on the other hand was my perfect opportunity to create my perfect version of Hot Buffalo Chicken wings the way I see them and it was a total success. 

I started with spicy chicken sausage to pull in the flavors of the buffalo wings and its also something I can eat.  Then, I added honey and  butter to the hot sauce to sweeten it up and give it a silky finish.  Its just hot enough to make your mouth tingle, the perfect heat to make both of us happy.

Then, I incorporated the blue cheese that is usually served with hot wings and it made for a fantastic combination!  This burger is really simple, but sooooo amazing!  So cancel your dinner plans you are going to want to make this ASAP.  Oh, and don't forget the beer, you are going to LOVE this!

With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 


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Spicy Buffalo Chicken Burger
serves 2 - 4 

1/2 cup buffalo sauce
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons honey
1 pound spicy chicken sausage, casings removed
Olive oil
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
red onion slices
4 pretzel buns (or your favorite bun)

Preheat grill to medium high.

In a small sauce pan over medium heat, combine butter and honey.  Once butter mixture is melted add buffalo sauce.  Whisk to combine, once mixture is almost boiling (starting to bubble) reduce to simmer until thickened.

Portion and form chicken sausage into patties slightly larger than your bun (4 ounce to serve 4, 8 ounce to serve 2).  Make a slight indentation in the center of the burger to prevent it from doming up in the center. The indentation will rise as your burger cooks.

Grill until golden brown and slightly charred (about 3-5 minutes), turning once (cook for 3 minutes on the other side for medium). Once patty is turned liberally brush hot sauce onto burger.  After you remove the burger from the heat, brush the other side.  Try not to press down on your burger with a spatula. It will cause the juices to escape and will create a dry burger! To assemble burger, place 2 rings of red onion on the bottom bun.  Place the chicken sausage on top.  Make sure chicken sausage patty is well coated in hot sauce.

Add blue cheese to top of burger and serve!


Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
Copyright ©2012 The Slow Roasted Italian – All rights reserved.   

Originally published 7/25/12


  1. Oh man this is a burger! I love pretzel buns making this a perfect ride for the chicken..

  2. This sounds delicious, Donna! Loving that you made the burger out of spicy chicken sausage, seriously yum.

  3. you are the burger queen and chicken queen and turkey queen! Heck- you are the queen. I bow down!

    1. Oh Jessica. You are going to make me blush... Not really {{{as I am polishing my crown}}}.

  4. And I thought the buns were genius! My Hubby will love this burger! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for coming by Anna! Enjoy the burger it is seriously delicious!

  5. Your husband sounds a lot like mine. My husband love spicy foods too. I know he would enjoy your burger. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Great pictures too.

    1. Thanks Brandi! Nice to meet you. Let me know when you try it and what you come up with. I was just checking out your page. Ricotta pancakes! I like the way you think. They are one of my fav's and yours look amazing!

  6. WOw!!! Love the sound of these! Pinning it and hopefully will be making this soon!

    1. How exciting. Thanks for pinning us. Let me know what you come up with. I love to hear adaptations!

  7. Chad is one lucky dude! I pinned and tweeted this. Now I just have to make it, **** that is a gorgeous sandwich. You rock!

    1. Thanks Chris! I make sure and remind him of how lucky he is each day. hehehe j/k

      I appreciate the compliments, between you and Jessica I may end up Ms Queen of Burgers. ; )

  8. YUM! This looks delicious and now all I have to do is go to my linky party to find it. :) Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. Just realized I wasn't following you on GFC so remedied that.

  9. Hello, new follower here and I’d like to invite you to join me at my weekly
    Clever Chicks Blog Hop:
    I hope you can make it!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  10. Hi Donna! I made these for Canada Day (July 1st). OMGoodness, they were fantastic to say the least but boy were they hot. We had no idea that they were going to be this hot and spicy, you should put up a warning. I couldn't get the pretzel buns but made due with whole wheat, but I think the pretzel buns would have put this over the top. I'll be making them again but this time I'll be toning down the heat. I've placed them on my "Pinned It, Did It, Loved It!" board with a 5 star rating. Here's the link you can check it out...

  11. Your chicken burgers look great! I’ve wanted to make chicken burgers for a while, but I keep forgetting to put it on my to do list

  12. HI Donna.
    Am I missing something???
    Where is the "binder" to hold chicken patty together?
    Please advise. Steve


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